Areas of Specialization
Prejudice, Stereotyping and Discrimination; Human Mating Behaviors
Dr. Pirlott is a social psychologist who earned her B.A. in Psychology and Women's Studies from Marquette University in 2005; her M.A. in Social Psychology from Arizona State University in 2008; and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Arizona State University in 2012. She then joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in 2012 through 2015 as an assistant professor before joining the Psychology Department at Saint Xavier University in 2015 as an assistant professor.
Dr. Pirlott's research employs an affordance management perspective to human cognition and behavior, which suggests that people think about and respond to those around them in ways intended to better manage the potential opportunities (e.g., for friendship or romance) and threats (e.g., to mating opportunities or sexual autonomy) these others afford. She developed a program of research applying this perspective to two substantive areas of research--intergroup relations, prejudice, and stereotyping, and human mating.
Conscientious, hardworking and positive-minded students who have taken or are currently enrolled in statistics and research methods that are interested in conducting research with Dr. Pirlott are invited to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Research assistants are expected to commit to at least two semesters conducting research with Dr. Pirlott and will have the opportunity to present their research at a psychology research conference.
- PSYCH 206: Social Psychology
- PSYCH 328: Psychology and Gender
- PSYCH 300: Statistics for the Social Sciences
- PSYCH 361: Special Topics: Cultural Psychology
- PSYCH 390: Research Seminar
- PSYCH 391: Directed Studies
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Pirlott, A. G., & Cook, C. L. (2018). Prejudices and discrimination as goal activated and threat driven: The affordance management approach to sexual prejudice. Psychological Review, 125(6), 1002-1027. doi: 10.1037/rev0000125
Pirlott, A. G., *Rusten, M. L., & *Butterfuss, R. M. (2016). Perceptions of threats to physical safety, sexual autonomy, values, and of discrimination drive LGBT prejudices toward heterosexuals. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 42(9) 1147-1163. doi: 10.1177/0146167216651854
Pirlott, A. G., & MacKinnon, D. P. (2016). Design approaches to experimental mediation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology: Special Issues on Rigorous and Replicable Methods, 66, 29-38. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2015.09.012
MacKinnon, D. P. & Pirlott, A. G. (2015). Statistical approaches for enhancing causal interpretation of the M to Y relation in mediation analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 19(1), 30-43. doi: 10.1177/1088868314542878
Pirlott, A. G., & Neuberg, S. L. (2014). Sexual prejudice: Avoiding unwanted sexual interest? Social Psychological & Personality Science, 5(1), 92-101. doi: 10.1177/1948550613486674
Cook, C. L., & Pirlott, A. G. (2019, April). Applying an affordance management approach to understand prejudices as goal activated and threat driven. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Pasadena, CA.
Pirlott, A.G., & Cook, C.L. (2019, February). Prejudices and discrimination as goal activated and threat driven: The Affordance Management Approach. Data blitz presentation at the 17th Annual Evolutionary Psychology Preconference to the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference, Portland, OR.
Pirlott, A. G., *Czerwien, B., & *Olita, S. (2017, June). Do gay men and lesbians show sex differences in mate preferences? A meta-analysis. Presentation at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Boise, ID.
Pirlott, A. G. (2017, April). Not all negative: Friendship and mating interest predict heterosexuals' positivity toward some LGB. Presentation at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
Pirlott, A. G. (2016, September/May). Perceived threats to religious ingroup predict moral disgust toward, aggression against, and expulsion of LGB individuals on the individual- and country-levels. Co-chaired symposium presented at the Annual Society of Experimental Social Psychology Conference, Santa Monica, CA and presentation at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
Pirlott, A. G., & *Wagner, K. (2016, May). Sex differences in mate preferences: A meta-analysis. Presentation at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
Pirlott, A. G. (2016, January). Sex and gender differences in mating behaviors: Evolutionarily driven, culturally developed, and ecologically elicited. Presentation at the 2016 Annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference, San Diego, CA.
Pirlott, A. G., & MacKinnon, D. P. (2015, September). Design approaches to experimental mediation to improve causal inference. Presentation at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, Denver, CO.